We feel connection…
To the natural world, to fellow humans, to the stars in the sky. We have the ability to intuitively tap into that deep energetic weaving with one another, the inter-connectedness of all beings. But within that connection lives injustice and oppression, of people and planet. A culture where many struggle to survive, let alone thrive. How do we revitalize and honor the deep connection? How do we create equity and liberation for all?
Compassion Camp is an immersive, experiential gathering that weaves
“magic in the woods” with a commitment to justice and equity,
personal transformation with collective activism, and
soulful creativity and exuberance with a focus on social change.
“Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched,
we cannot know ourselves.”
What makes Compassion Camp so special?
Compassion Camp is medicine — a beautiful and at times uncomfortable invitation to healing and a taste of what’s possible when we truly show up for each other. It’s an opportunity to sit with discomfort and to learn necessary practices for resilience, conflict without control, and moving through grief.
Camp is woven of shared and deeply personal experiences, as we learn from one another in workshops, group activities, and conversations by a roaring fire and over nourishing meals. There is also sacred space for introspection and individual cellular healing, through movement, art-making, or simply a quiet walk on the trails.
All of the experiences are Souldust-style, an alchemical combination of creativity, play, ecology, spirituality, self-care, personal growth… and most of all, the deep belonging found in a space where everyone is seen, heard and honored.
Way beyond a “social justice 101” workshop.
Compassion Camp is an invitation to consciously immerse in community together. More intimate than a sea of hundreds at a conference. More immersive than a workshop you attend, then go back to life-as-usual. More present than a webinar where you’re only half-listening. More holistic than simply learning vs. fully being.
Camp is an opportunity to practice together. To make mistakes together. To choose to listen, to experience being heard. To find a new way of belonging. It’s a deep dive into co-creating this world we wish to live in.
We explore questions like:
- How do we recognize and resist the oppression we don’t experience?
- How do we move away from being “good” and learn how to be brave?
- How do we protect ourselves from overwhelm and burnout?
- How do we stay spiritually grounded and fully embodied?
- How can we be our own versions of “activist”?
These are not quick fixes. Healing requires an intentional, ongoing choice to be present and compassionate. Together, we find the confidence to bring what we learn back into the circles we move and live in, so that we can influence and create our own communities of compassion.
Rehumanizing through joy and discomfort.
Consider the world we live in— how it is a norm to dehumanize and “other” people, situations, distance ourselves from even our own feelings and bodies. With so much that can create a sense of despair or overwhelm, it can be easier to numb out, check out, give up.
Counter-intuitively, deep exploration of social justice can be vital and healing. If we move beyond social media soapboxes and occasional marches, and integrate social justice into our daily lives in practical ways. If we learn resilience that allows us to simultaneously hold the joy of being alive and the discomfort of growth and truths. If we choose to no longer be absentee, or be part of the dehumanization.
Katie B., Camp Souldust 2017
“Camp Souldust changed my life. It made me realize that I have so much untapped energy, potential, love, and magic. I’ve learned new methods to bring out my shine. Souldust literally dusted my sleeping soul.”
Nadine B., Camp Souldust 2018
Alicia N., Camp Souldust 2018
“Camp Souldust is soul rejuvenation. I needed a community that feels the same way I do and I found it here.”
Karen T., Camp Souldust 2017
“Given the opportunity to interact with a large group of like minded people showed me that there is a movement happening. One I’m proud to be part of and want to share with all I come in contact with. I walked away feeling elevated, elated, and emotionally satiated. I found answers where I had no idea I had questions. I found connections with people I would have never met otherwise. More than anything I come back to this world knowing there are more good people out there, and I’m excited to meet them.”
Karen O., Camp Souldust 2018
“This was an absolutely incredible, potentially life altering, amazing experience in a deeply beautiful setting, a chance to reconnect to your child-like self and to connect with other phenomenal people, an opportunity to check out of the hustle and bustle and check into your heart, mind, body and soul… and to connect and share with and learn from other beautiful souls. Camp connected me back to my spiritual side and helped me release sadness and anxiety from 20 years ago.”
Spring C., Camp Souldust 2017
Compassion is sacred soul work.
Everyone and everything carries a touch of the sacred. Our souls are wired for deep connection with our extraordinary world. Like a forest with roots intertwined below the surface, we are meant to hold and stabilize one another, to grow together. As humans, we have forgotten this intrinsic magic. The society we live in has caused us to forget who we are, who came before us, and why we are here.
Compassion Camp taps into the essence of this vital soul work of remembering. Our natural surroundings– the trees, earth, waters and skies– will graciously nourish our journey. Ceremony and ritual will honor those to whom the land belongs, and invite our ancestors to show us the path.
In this space, we can embrace our sacred ancestral roots and use our creative power to consciously cultivate a different society. One that dismantles our harmful programming and heals our collective wounding. That supports the agency of our identities and celebrates the richness of our diversity. A society that affirms the fullness of our inherent potential to be and do more for ourselves and each other.
Caring for our community: choice + support.
- Every workshop time slot has sessions only for BIPOC (black, indigenous or people of color) and/or LGBTQIA.
- Non-binary/trans campers can choose between womens, mens or non-binary/trans cabins. BIPOC campers can choose to room with other BIPOC if desired.
- Supported processing circles are open during free times, including affinity spaces for campers who want to process with others who share their marginalized identities.
- Our “camp counselors” double as a community care team, led by a queer POC therapist who specializes in social justice and supporting marginalized populations. This team holds space for learning and trauma needs.
- Our venue is ADA friendly, with support for mobility and other needs.
- 10% or more of registrations are scholarships, with priority for marginalized populations.
A Day in the Life
7:30 AM. Early riser? Wake up and shake it out in an optional Rise & Shine workshops such as yoga, hiking and ecstatic dance. At 8:30 AM, grab a nourishing breakfast, where you can bond with other campers (over a cup of coffee, or three!)
10:00 AM. Dive into a workshop with our soulful + playful community of talented social justice teachers from across the spectrum, who will help you dust off your soul, open your mind and make change.
12:30 PM. By now you’ve worked up an appetite, so head in with your fellow campers for a lunch to sooth your palate, body and soul. Got allergies? We’ve got you covered.
2:00 PM. Another workshop, more time to explore new aspects of your awareness and growth. Engage in subjects that push your comfort levels and spur your activist heart into action. After the workshop, attend a facilitated community conversation, color a masterpiece, or simply unplug and wander the trails.
5:30 PM. Dinner time! Need we mention the delicious food again? Fill your belly, then break for an hour or two to take a nap, engage in conversation, or join a mixer.
8:00 PM. Gather with the whole crew for our indoor campfire, with treats like special guests, s’mores, and maybe even a talent show. Then, we’ll all head off to our cozy bunks, dreaming of another soul-lifting day.
We are honored to have an amazing lineup of alumni + new additions from near and far. We are excited to experience the gifts of each of these individuals who have committed themselves to building a better world.
Embodied Life Method
Social Change Coach + Facilitator + Writer
Poet, Performer, Teaching Artist
Oracle in Residence
Trans Healer + Community Builder
Ritualist + Ancestral Lineage Repair
Poet, Musician & Activist
Medicinal Poet + Embodiment Teacher
Psychic Guardian + Space Wizard
Why intersectionality? As individuals, we are comprised of a multitude of identities. Some identities may afford us certain privileges and advantages, while others lead to marginalization, discrimination, and unequal treatment. In order to hold compassionate space for the multiple identities of others, we must first explore the multiple identities within ourselves.
In this workshop, we explore personal identity in the context of social privilege and marginalization, deepen our understanding of systemic oppression, and powerfully utilize language in order to identify and address social imbalance.
Many of us want to demonstrate love and inclusivity towards trans and genderqueer people, but don’t understand how to do so. This workshop shows how to skillfully and practically use language and build embodied compassion to be inclusive of trans and genderqueer people.
You will learn the latest definitions relating to gender, how to create an inclusive experience for all genders from pronouns to micro-aggressions, and how to reach for authentic relationship with trans people. Expect groundedness, mindfulness, embodiment, storytelling, laughter, and heart connection to hold the space together.
“The Church says: the body is a sin. Science says: the body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The Body says: I am a fiesta.” (Eduardo Galeano)
We’ve been taught that the body is a sin, a business, or a machine. How can we remember the body is a fiesta? How can we bring pleasure into our social justice work not only because it feels good and will draw more people into our movements, but also because at the core of our work is a rejection of body as sin, machine, and business? This workshop will be a collective flood of ways to bring pleasure to our organizing, that will quench the roots of our revolutions.
“I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.”
Your registration includes…
2 nights dreamy accommodations
in comfortable shared lodge rooms with private baths. 4-5 persons per room, queen and twin bunk options. Cozy bedding included.
7 delicious meals made from scratch with sustainably sourced ingredients, designed to nourish your body and soul while you learn and grow.
3 full days of learning with 50+ workshops to choose from. Workshop schedule to be published in December. Pictured: Ancestral Mask Making.
Daily all-levels Rise & Shine movement practices. Smash the Patriarchy board-breaking, anyone?
Inspirational all-camp experiences with rad people doing transformative work.
Full run of Camp amenities – including endless acres of trails & wetlands.
Evening campfire gatherings with the entire Camp family, filled with laughter and connection. Pictured: A cabin crew sharing otter love.
A delightful camp care package, filled with goodies both practical and magical.
An unforgettable opportunity for connection and transformation with Mama Earth, other radiant people and, most importantly, yourself.
About the Venue
We’ll spend our weekend together at the beautiful, nourishing IslandWood which is located on Suquamish + Coast Salish territory, referred to as Bainbridge Island. This 250-acre outdoor learning center is rooted in “a belief that the natural world holds the power to educate and inspire not only the way we live, but the way we see. By gaining a new awareness—of nature, ourselves, and one another—we realize our true potential and our ability to chart a course to a better world.”
IslandWood is a convenient 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, or you can take the longer drive through Tacoma across the Narrows Bridge, then north to the island. The address is 4450 Blakeley Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, Washington (directions).
This property is fully accessible and ADA-compliant.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
Ready to join us?
Hooray! Space is limited, so claim your bunk. This camp is open to adults over 18 of all genders.
Registration for this all-inclusive experience starts at $795. Reserve your bunk by paying in full now, or choose a payment plan. THERE ARE 2, 3, 4 & 6 MONTH PLANS AVAILABLE, WHICH EXTEND PAST CAMP. All payments are in United States Dollars (USD). There will be at least 12 partial or full scholarship spots (apply here).
About the schedule. Check-in is between 8:30-10:30 AM on Friday 2/8. We finish around 5 PM on Sunday 2/10.
About the bunks. Most cabins are 3 person lodge rooms with a mix of twin/queen bunks. Queen beds are bottom bunks or stand-alone. We primarily use the lower bunks, but there may be a few top bunks used (we promise they are comfy!) Very limited private and 2-person rooms available at additional cost, upon request.
Not included: Transportation, although we help organize ride shares.
Please note all sales are final. After 72 hours from sign-up, registrations are transferable but are not refundable, and payment plans must be completed. No exceptions. So, please be sure before signing up.